The definition of calumny is a lie or the act of saying a lie that is intended to be hurtful.(noun)
An example of a calumny is for a reporter to print a bad story about a businessman without a reliable source.
See calumny in Webster's New World College Dictionary
noun pl. calumnies
Origin: Fr calomnie < L calumnia, trickery, slander < IE base *kēl-, *kol-, to deceive, confuse > OE hol, slander
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noun pl. cal·um·nies
Origin: Middle English calumnie
Origin: , from Old French calomnie
Origin: , from Latin calumnia
Origin: , from calvī, to deceive.
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